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Heavy snow kills 5, disrupts travel in Japan

Toukyo - At least five people have died in heavy snow that has blanketed swathes of Japan, reports said on Thursday, with more than two metres (6ft 7ins) lying in some places and more forecast.

Ports gridlock forces McDonald's to 'hold the fries' in Japan

McDonald's restaurants in Japan have suffered another blow to a business already trying to make a comeback after being hit with a vendor scandal earlier this year. Now, it's a slow-down at West Coast ports cutting the flow of goods, like french fries.

Abe pledges Japan constitution rewrite after election win

Toukyo - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday he would work to convince voters of the need to revise Japan's pacifist constitution the day after scoring a thumping election victory.

Japan's Abe re-elected in low-turnout polls

Toukyo - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won comfortable re-election Sunday in a snap poll he had billed as a referendum on his economic policies, but a record low voter turnout threatened to cloud any mandate.

Abe re-elected easily despite low turnout in Japan polls

Toukyo - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won comfortable re-election Sunday in a snap poll he had billed as a referendum on his economic policies after early success faded into a recession.

Japan heads to polls with Abe on course to retain power

Toukyo - Japan was voting Sunday in a snap general election which Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has billed as a referendum on his economic policies after the success of his first two years faded and the country slumped into recession.

China's Xi says Nanjing Massacre undeniable on 77th anniversary

Nanjing - President Xi Jinping said Saturday that no one can deny the Nanjing Massacre, as China for the first time held a national day of remembrance for the Japanese military rampage that Beijing says killed 300,000 people.

Japan's Abe set to win powerful majority: poll

Toukyo - Japan's ruling coalition headed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to sweep elections this weekend, retaining its unassailable two-thirds majority and crushing a divided and demoralised opposition, polls showed Thursday.

World's rarest porpoise now threatened with extinction

The vaquita is the world's smallest porpoise and is found only in the northern part of the Gulf of California. With the latest estimated count in 2014 being below 100 individuals, the vaquita is now in imminent danger of extinction.

Japanese right muzzling liberal media: Analysts

Toukyo - A chill wind is blowing through Japan's media as a resurgent right pressures the country's liberal voices, in what analysts say presents a threat to democracy as voters prepare to head to the polls for a general election.

Hackers threaten Sony staff in new email

Washington - Sony Pictures staff received a threatening email claiming to be from the hackers who breached the entertainment giant's computer network, reportedly with warnings that they and their families were "in danger.

Bad weather delays Japan asteroid probe lift off

Toukyo - Bad weather will delay the launch of a Japanese space probe on a six-year mission to mine a distant asteroid, just weeks after a European spacecraft's historic landing on a comet captivated the world.

Japanese journalist denies defaming South Korea president

Seoul - A Japanese journalist charged with defaming South Korean President Park Geun-Hye insisted at a preliminary court hearing on Thursday that he had acted in the public interest.

Japan to build underwater cities in 15 years

No, it isn't some underwater pipe dream. Japanese company Shimizu Corp is really planning to build an underwater Atlantis within the next 15 years.

Strong Japan quake leaves 39 injured, hits popular ski resort

Toukyo - A strong 6.2 magnitude earthquake in central Japan left 39 people injured, seven seriously, and wrecked homes in a popular ski resort, the government said Sunday.

Uncanny human-like robots debut in Japan, pose ethical questions

Tokyo - Are you a receptionist, bartender or newscaster? If so, you might want to start training for a new job if Japanese robotics experts have their way. Japan recently debuted uncanny human-like android robots that may be taking your job in the future.

6.2 quake hits central Japan, flattens houses

Toukyo - A strong 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck central Japan late Saturday, the US Geological Survey said, causing houses to collapse and injuring at least 20 people, three seriously.

Black widow arrested for ‘poisoning partners with cyanide’

Police in Japan raided the homes of the 67-year-old Japanese black widow, Chisako Kakehi, who was arrested on suspicion of poisoning her husband, as specifics of six former partners’ deaths transpire in local broadcasting.

Japan lower house dissolved ahead of election

Toukyo - The lower chamber of Japan's parliament was dissolved on Friday in readiness for a general election, expected next month, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe seeks to consolidate his grip on power and reinvigorate his economic drive.

'Black widow' with seven dead partners arrested in Japan

Toukyo - A 67-year-old millionairess was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of poisoning her husband with cyanide as it emerged six former partners had already died, in Japan's latest apparent "black widow" case.

Japan's economy shrinks during third quarter

Tokyo - Japan's economic performance was hurt by a recent sales tax hike and investment by business declined. The economy shrank by 1.6 percent even though predictions were that there would be growth following a large decline in the previous quarter.

Japan PM calls snap general election, delays tax hike

Toukyo - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday he was calling a snap general election and delaying an expected sales tax rise after figures showed Japan was in recession.

Abe set to call snap Japan poll, delay tax hike

Toukyo - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set later Tuesday to call a snap election and seek voters' endorsement for more economic reforms after Japan slipped into recession.

Japan CO2 emissions hit record yearly high: official

Toukyo - Japan's carbon dioxide emissions hit a record high in the year to March due to the nation's reliance on fossil fuels following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, an official said Monday.CO2 emissions related to the use of non-renewables reached 1.

Japan's Okinawa elects governor opposed to US base

Naha - Residents of Japan's Okinawa Sunday elected a governor who opposes plans to relocate a US military base within the island chain, a fresh setback in efforts to resolve a thorny issue in military relations.

Japan's Okinawa 'elects governor opposed to US base'

Toukyo - Residents of Japan's Okinawa Sunday elected a governor who opposes plans to relocate a US military base, reports said, a fresh setback for efforts to resolve a thorny issue in military relations.

Japan island vote over U.S. base difficult test for Abe

- Okinawa's voters will deliver their verdict Sunday on a decision to press ahead with the long-stalled relocation of a U.S. military base, in an election Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe needs to win.

China, Japan ministers meet after deal to curb tensions

Bejing - The foreign ministers of China and Japan held their first formal talks in more than two years Saturday, a day after the Asian powers agreed to reduce tensions over territorial and historical disputes.

China media claim victory after Japan agreement

Bejing - Chinese state-run media claimed victory Saturday for Beijing after it reached an accord with Japan to tone down tensions over territorial and historical disputes that had fuelled concerns of conflict.

Leaders of Japan, China to hold first summit

Toukyo - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping are to hold their first summit next week, reports said Friday, after presiding over two years of animosity between Asia's two biggest economies.
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